If you have naturally curly hair, these tips are for you! When it comes to taking care of your curls, there is a lot of information out there, some good, some ok and some terrible. Whether you're a seasoned curlista or just beginning to travel down the road of your natural curl care journey, these tips can help you make the very best out of your natural curls, no matter what texture you have.
Always use silk: Invest in a good quality silk pillowcase or hair wrap and use it every single night. Cotton will wick moisture away from your delicate curls, while silk allows for curls to slip across the surface without tearing them.
Use aloe vera as a moisturizer: Create your own aloe vera juice and water mixture in a heavy duty spray bottle by mixing it to a 1:1 ratio. Depending on how dry your curls are, you're going to want to spray them either once a day (in the morning) or twice a day (morning and evening). Make sure to really saturate your curls so they can enjoy the moisturizing benefits of this spray.
Section your curls to detangle: Before you begin really working on those tough tangles, make sure you divide your curls into even sections. You can use your fingers or a wide toothed comb to work through those tough snarls.
Prepoo before washing: Since you're not going to be washing your curls as often as others, you're going to want to pre poo before cleansing with a gentle shampoo. Before shampooing, coat your curls with an oil like olive or coconut to help protect them from damage when washing.
Deep condition when you cleanse: Pick up a moisturizing deep conditioner to add into your weekly curl care regime. Since your curls are going to dry out more quickly, they'll need an extra boost of moisture after you cleanse them. After deep conditioning, your curls will have better slip which makes them less likely to tangle and easier to style.
Toss the towel: The days of rubbing your curls after a shower with a terry cloth towel are long over. Leave the terry cloth in the drawer and invest in a microfiber towel. After showering, use a microfiber towel or an old, soft t-shirt to gently squeeze excess water from your hair.
Avoid heat and overstyling: As tempting as it may be, try to avoid touching your curls until they're absolutely, completely dry. The best way to do this is to add in your styling product and allow your curls to air dry. However, if you can't wait around for your curls to dry naturally, you can invest in a good quality hair dryer and diffuser to get a quick, even dry that won't disrupt your curl's pattern.